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Asheville Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Baseball

Asheville Tourists. A Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies, the Asheville Tourists play April to early September at McCormick Field, which opened in 1924. It appears briefly in the 1987 movie Bull Durham; many well-traveled baseball fans consider McCormick Field one of the most appealing minor-league stadiums in the country. McCormick Pl., 30 Buchanan Pl., Downtown, Asheville, NC, 28801. 828/258–0428. www.milb.com.

Golf

Asheville Municipal Golf Course. This municipal course beside the Swannanoa River, owned by the city of Asheville but since 2012 under private management, is known for its firm and fast greens. Designed by famed golf architect Donald Ross, it opened in 1927. 226 Fairway Dr., Asheville, NC, 28805. 828/298–1867. www.popegolf.net/asheville_home/. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6420 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $22–$36. Facilities: putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, snack bar.

Omni Grove Park Inn Resort Golf Club. Formerly the course for the Country Club of Asheville, this beauty first opened in 1899 and was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1927, then restored in 2001. It has been played by several U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama. Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, NC, 28804. 828/252-2711 Ext. 1012 information; 800/438–5800 tee times. www.groveparkinn.com/golf. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6400 yds. Par 70. Green Fee: $140 weekdays, $160 weekends, $85 after 3 pm, mid-Apr.–mid-Nov.; lower rates rest of year. Facilities: putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, rental shoes, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurants, bars.

Horseback Riding

Cataloochee Ranch. Explore this property's mile-high vistas on horseback. Half-day riding trips are $63 and full-day $150. Lower rates are available if you're staying in a cabin on the ranch. 119 Ranch Rd., Maggie Valley, NC, 28751. 828/926–1401 or 800/868–1401. www.cataloocheeranch.com.

Pisgah View Ranch Trail Rides. From April through November you can gallop through 2,000 acres of fields and wooded mountainside at this ranch. Group rides are $40 per person per hour; private rides are $50 an hour. If you're not staying at this dude ranch, reserve 24 hours in advance. 70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd., Candler, NC, 28715. 828/667–9100. www.pisgahviewranch.net.

Llama Treks

Skiing

Gold Card. Enjoy unlimited skiing at six Western North Carolina resorts (including Appalachian Mountain, Beech Mountain, Cataloochee Ranch, Sapphire Valley, Sugar Mountain, and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort) with the Gold Card, sold starting in early summer for $800. Only 100 cards are sold each year. 828/898-4521 Ext. 261. www.goskinc.com/goldcard.

Cataloochee Ranch. In addition to having outstanding skiing and snowboarding, Cataloochee Ranch has cabin rentals and hosts lots of different activities for the whole family. 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley, NC, 28751. 828/926–1401 or 800/868-1401. www.cataloocheerranch.com.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. You can "Ski the Wolf" at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, which has night skiing and excellent snowmaking capabilities. There are 17 ski runs, 5 ski lifts, and 2 lodges. Weekday all-day and evening lift tickets are $46, weekends $69. Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, 578 Valley View Cir., Mars Hill, NC, 28754. 828/689–4111 or 800/817–4111. www.skiwolfridgenc.com. Open Dec.–early Mar.

Ziplining

Navitat Canopy Adventures. Zip through the treetops at Navitat, which has two different zip-line complexes in Madison County, north of Asheville. One has 10 zip lines, ranging from 120 to 1,100 feet in length, with hiking trails, two sky bridges, and two rappeling areas. The other has three "racing style" zip lines as long as 3,600-feet. The zip lines have a 70- to 90-pound minimum and 250-pound maximum weight limit. You need to be able to walk about a mile and be in generally good health, and admission is from $79. From the welcome center, it is a seven-minute-ride on a rough-terrain vehicle to the tour entry trail. Make reservations in advance. 242 Poverty Branch Rd., 25 miles north of downtown Asheville, Greater Asheville, Barnardsville, NC, 28709. From Asheville, take I–26/US Hwy. 19/23 to Jupiter/Barnardsville exit (Exit 15), then take Barnardsville Hwy. (NC 197) east 6 miles to Barnardsville. At Barnardsville post office, turn north on Poverty Branch Road (SR2171) and go 1.5 miles to Navitat (on left). 828/626–3700 or 855/628–4828. www.navitat.com. Closed Dec.–Mar.

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and Asheville Treetops Adventure Park. Billed as the region's first "urban" canopy tour, this park is on 125 acres in West Asheville, on the grounds of the Crowne Plaza Resort. There are 11 zipline sections up to 1,200 feet long, 9 treetop platforms, 3 adventure tower platforms, and 3 sky bridges. In the same area is the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, a group of 50 climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to around 30 trees. Users must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds. Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr., West Asheville, Asheville, NC, 28806. 866/319–8870 reservations. www.wildwaterrafting.com. $89.

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